Lak Wak Tu Neng (Tracking Love)

In Malaysia, at the start of the breeding season, indigenous trackers set off on foot for hours in the Temenggor Forest Reserve tracking hornbill breeding signs to get to the love nests before the poachers and loggers do.

The forest reserve in Hulu Perak is an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) in Malaysia with 10 hornbill species of which eight are globally threatened. The most critical is the Helmeted Hornbill.

While Azam Carang and Marisan Pandak team up to scour the lush and dense forests, Roslan Carang is teaching his son Dedi on the job. Dedi is the youngest of the Hornbill Guardians but he is just as passionate knowing what is at stake – without the hornbills the Orang Asli’s livelihood is in jeopardy.

The film which premiered online on 21st March 2022 in conjunction with International Day of Forests was followed by a 112-minute Q&A session moderated by Dr Serina Rahman, Visiting Fellow, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. The panel comprised of three Orang Asli – Roslan bin Carang and Marisan A/K Pandak of Kampung Chuweh and Noordin bin Asu of Kampung Sungai Tiang; Yeap Chin Aik, co-founder of the MNS Hornbill Conservation Project who is also a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Hornbill Specialist Group and Helmeted Hornbill Working Group; and HY Leong, the filmmaker.

Watch the trailer here.

Year of Production: 2022
Duration: 28 minutes
Country of Film: Malaysia
Language of Film: Jahai, Temiar and Bahasa Melayu
Subtitle Language: English and Bahasa Melayu
Filmmaker: HY Leong/Factual TV Sdn Bhd

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